Career Opportunity – Research Associate

Positon Classification:    Research Associate

Employee Group:             Faculty

Faculty:                             Medicine

Department:                     Medical Genetics

Duration:                          11 months

Tenure:                             Full-time; grant funded

Preferred Start Date:      May 18, 2017



UBC’s Department of Medical Genetics within the Faculty of Medicine seeks a Research Associate to help define the genetic etiology of autism.

The successful candidate will analyze whole genome sequencing data, extract clinical features of patients with autism in a database, perform genotype-phenotype analysis and associate the genetic changes with autism and specific phenotypic abnormalities. The candidate will be responsible for the training and supervision of laboratory personnel. Candidate is expected to think creatively in the design and execution of the research projects, and maximize the resources available.



The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in the field of human molecular genetics. Applicants will have at least 3 years of post-doctoral training and a strong track record of high profile international journal publication in the field of autism and intellectual disabilities.  Previous experience as a research associate is preferred. In addition the successful candidate must have:

  • Broad knowledge of autism
  • Proficiency in analyzing next-generation sequencing data (familiarity with GoldenHelix software for variant identification and annotation is preferred)
  • Expertise and experience in copy number analyses
  • Expertise in using databases for identifying sequence and copy number variants and their interpretation
  • Expertise in patient chart review and extraction of clinical data into databases
  • Some experience in phenotype cluster analysis
  • Excellent scientific publication record
  • Proven supervision and mentorship of laboratory staff. Experience providing hands-on assistance to trainees.
  • Excellent communication skills including invited oral presentation at international conferences
  • Drive and enthusiasm, to both lead and work as a member of a team
  • Creativity, initiative and good judgment.



The successful applicant will be directly responsible for errors in their work, for reporting problems and mistakes in a timely way, and for correcting those errors. The candidate will work under the supervision of senior lab personnel and the Principle Investigator in Medical Genetics.



If interested, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees willing to provide letters of reference. Please send all applications electronically to No phone calls please.

Due to the number of resumes we receive, we are unable to confirm receipt of submissions over the phone, or provide the status of the competition. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing date: May 7, 2017


UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.